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Coronavirus News Updates: 65-year-old woman tests positive for 'Delta Plus' variant in Madhya Pradesh, say officials

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22:10 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update

Bengal reports 3,018 new cases, 64 fresh deaths

West Bengal's COVID-19 tally rose to 14,74,249 on Thursday as 3,018 more people tested positive for the infection, while 64 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 17,182, a health bulletin said. As many as 2,033 more people have been cured of the disease, taking the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 97.34 percent.

North 24 Parganas district registered the highest number of new cases at 431, followed by Purba Medinipur (426) and Kolkata (366), it said. North 24 Parganas also recorded the highest number of fresh fatalities at 17, followed by Kolkata (11) and South 24 Parganas (eight). The state now has 22,073 active cases, while 14,34,994 people have recovered from the disease to date. West Bengal has so far tested over 1.35 crore samples, including 55,671 in the last 24 hours.

A total of 1.84 crore people in the state have been vaccinated thus far, including 1.74 lakh during the day. Over 20 lakh people in the 18-44 years age group have been vaccinated to date.

21:52 (IST)

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Delta Plus variant found in MP, say officials

A 65-year-old woman has tested positive for the new “Delta Plus” variant of coronavirus here, official sources said on Thursday. The development came even as the second wave of the pandemic is waning in Madhya Pradesh and restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the infection are being eased. According to officials, the samples of the woman, who lives near a big medical facility, were collected on 23 May.

Reports received from the National Central for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said she was positive for the `Delta Plus'' variant. The woman, who has taken two shots of anti-coronavirus vaccine, recovered in home isolation, sources added. When contacted, Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang confirmed that a woman tested positive for a "different variant", but did not elaborate.

The state has not lowered its guard against COVID-19 and testing has not decreased even when the number of new cases is dipping, he said. “We are sending samples for genome sequencing to laboratories and NCDC," added the minister. According to some reports, the highly infectious Delta variant (B.1.617.2) of COVID -19 that was first found in India is feared to have mutated into Delta Plus variant

21:26 (IST)

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'COVID-19 2nd wave shaved off Rs 2 lakh cr output': RBI

 

The devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in April-May is estimated to have cost the nation Rs 2 lakh crore in terms of output, revealed an assessment made by the Reserve Bank. The second wave''s toll is mainly in terms of the hit to domestic demand on account of regional and specific containment rather than a nation-wide lockdown, it said.

"The impact of the second wave is hence estimated at about Rs 2 lakh crore of lost 2021-22 output," said a recent article on the ''State of Economy'', written by functionaries of the central bank. Moreover, this wave has fanned into smaller cities and villages, sapping rural demand. The support from government spending may also moderate from the extraordinary expansion undertaken last year, it said.

"On the brighter side, several aspects of aggregate supply conditions such as agriculture and contactless services are holding up amidst pandemic protocols. Industrial production and exports have surged on strong base effects, but there is also evidence of positive momentum," the authors said.

21:23 (IST)

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Nagaland records 76 new cases, 5 fresh fatalities

Nagaland's COVID-19 tally breached the 24,000-mark on Thursday with the detection of 76 new cases, while five fresh fatalities pushed the northeastern state's coronavirus death toll to 466, a health official said. As many as 398 more people were cured of the disease, improving the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 85.38 percent. Nagaland reported more recoveries than new cases for the 12th consecutive day.

The fresh infections pushed the state''s caseload to 24,041, he said. Kohima reported the highest number of new cases at 29, followed by Dimapur (14) and Peren (11), the official said. Three fresh fatalities were reported in Kohima and one each in Kiphire and Mokokchung districts, he said. The state now has 2,368 active cases, while 20,525 people have recovered from the disease and 682 patients have migrated to other states thus far. Nagaland has so far tested over 2.12 lakh samples for COVID-19. A total of 3.25 lakh people have been inoculated to date, State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr said.

21:02 (IST)

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J&K records 656 new cases, 9 more deaths

Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 656 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally to 3,10,017 while nine more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,226, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 190 were reported from the Jammu division and 466 from the Kashmir division, they said. Srinagar district recorded the highest number of cases at 112, followed by 94 in Budgam.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir stands at 10,602 and 2,95,189 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. There are 22 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the union territory with one fresh case reported since last evening, they said.

 

20:44 (IST)

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Nashik adds 158 new cases, 99 previous fatalities

With the addition of 158 new cases of coronavirus, the tally of infections in Maharashtra''s Nashik district rose to 3,92,076 on Thursday, an official said. The district added 103 fatalities to its toll, of which four deaths took place during the day and 99 were casualties that had gone previously unreported, he said.

With this, the toll stands at 7,235, while the count of recoveries rose to 3,81,364 after 163 patients were discharged during the day, the official said. At least 9,737 swabs were tested during the day, taking the total number of tests conducted in the district to 18,19,995, he added

20:39 (IST)

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Telangana reports 1,492 new cases, 13 deaths

Telangana on Thursday registered 1,492 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the tally to 6.09 lakh while the toll rose to 3,534 with 13 more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 166 followed by Khammam 129 and Nalgonda 115 districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM on Thursday.
  
The number of recoveries outnumbered fresh cases on today with 1,933 people recovering from the infectious disease, taking the cumulative number of recoveries to 5,86,362. The number of active cases was 19,521, the bulletin said. It said 1,19,464 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the total number of samples tested till date was 1.71 crore. The samples tested per million population was 4,61,857. The case fatality rate in the state was 0.57 percent, while it was 1.3 percent at the national level. The recovery rate in Telangana was 96.21 percent, while it was 95.89 percent in the country.

20:19 (IST)

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Rajasthan records 205 new cases, 10 deaths

Ten COVID-19 deaths and 205 fresh cases were recorded in Rajasthan on Thursday, taking the total number of fatalities and positive cases to 8,875 and 9,50,618 respectively. The maximum of five deaths were reported in Udaipur, followed by one each in Sawaimadhopur, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Bhilwara and Bikaner, according to an official report.

Of the fresh cases, Jaipur reported a maximum of 42, it said. A total of 9,37,481 people in the state have recovered from the infection so far and the number of active cases stands at 4,262. .

20:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: New Delhi

158 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths in Delhi

The National Capital recorded 10 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 158 fresh cases of the disease on Thursday while the positivity rate dipped to 0.20 percent, according to data shared by the health department  on Thursday. These new fatalities have pushed the death toll in the city to 24,886. The National Capital on 3 April had also recorded 10 deaths due to COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Delhi had recorded 212 cases and 25 deaths while the positivity rate stood at 0.27 percent. The previous day it had registered 228 cases with a 0.32 percent positivity rate and 12 deaths. On Thursday, 158 cases and 10 deaths were reported, indicating a significant fall in the count of daily fatalities due to coronavirus infection.

On 14 June, the city had registered 131 cases and 16 deaths. On 8 March, it had witnessed 239 cases while on 22 February there were 128 cases of COVID-19, according to official figures. The infection rate, which had reached 36 percent in the last week of April, has come down to below 0.50 percent now.

20:04 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: 

'Debate on vaccine passports must focus on equity'

India on Thursday said the ongoing global debate on ''vaccine passports'' for international travel needs to be linked to the issue of vaccine equity as many developing countries have not been able to vaccinate a large percentage of their population against COVID. The assertion by India comes after Japanese government announced that it will make ''vaccine passports'' available from next month for Japanese travellers.

Asked about Japan's decision, its implications and whether India would be issuing such ''passports'', Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said there was no information with him about India issuing any ''vaccine passport''. There is an ongoing global debate on the issue of "so-called vaccine passports", he said and added that India feels that this has to be linked to the larger issue of vaccine equity given that many developing countries have not yet been able to vaccinate a large percentage of their population against COVID.

"We would favour discussions on the subject of vaccine passport with greater focus on vaccine equity," he asserted at an online media briefing. Last month, the government had said that the WHO is yet to reach a consensus on the ''vaccine passport'' issue for allowing international travel to those fully vaccinated against the coronavirus infection, while noting that discussions are still on.

19:18 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech says reports on submission of Phase-3 data to WHO is incorrect

This comes after multiple reports said that Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer will hold its pre-submission meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) next Wednesday, i.e. on 23 June regarding the approval of Covaxin, its India-made Covid-19 vaccine.

19:09 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Third wave

Possible third wave in India unlikely to affect children much, says WHO-AIIMS survey

A third possible wave in India by the prevailing COVID-19 virus variant is unlikely to disproportionately affect children than adults, a seroprevalence study conducted by the World Health Organisation and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has revealed.

The SARS-CoV-2 sero-positivity rate among children was high and were comparable to the adult population in the survey, which conducted in five selected states with a total sample size of 10,000. Data of 4,500 participants were taken for the results of the time of midterm analysis from four states of India and more results are likely to come in the next two to three months, reports ANI.

18:48 (IST)

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UK parliamentary panel flags China's meddling in WHO, says report

A UK parliamentary committee report accuses China of trying to gain access to and meddling in various international organisations, as per a report by News18. “It is clear to us that the Chinese Government sees influence at the WHO as a significant strategic goal,” says the panel. “The Chinese government is considered to exert disproportionate influence in the WHO.”

18:39 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Kerala

Kerala logs 12,469 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate at 10.8%

Kerala recorded 12,469 new cases on Thursday, as the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) came down to 10.85 percent, the lowest in recent months. The toll climbed to 11,743 with 88 more deaths.

While the cumulative cases went up to 27,73,943 with the addition of the fresh cases, 13,614 people were cured of the disease, taking the total recoveries to 26,53,207, the health department said in a press release. As many as 1,08,560 people are undergoing treatment for the infection.

18:26 (IST)

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Centre's welfare measures for children orphaned by Covid 'defective': Rajasthan CM

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, while speaking during a video conference on Covid vaccination on Thursday termed the Centre's welfare measures for children who lost their parents to COVID-19 "defective" and demanded that they be revised as they did not provide immediate relief.

He also claimed the Centre did not announce any scheme to help women whose husbands succumbed to the disease.

18:04 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: COVID-19 origin

COVID-19 origin probe should now shift to US, says Chinese expert

United States should be the priority in the next phase of investigations into the origin of COVID-19, a senior Chinese expert said, citing a study that showed the disease could have been circulating there as early as December 2019, state media said on Thursday.

 Zeng Guang, the chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, reportedly told Global Times that the US was slow to test people for Covid-19 at an early stage of the pandemic and it possesses many biological laboratories all around the world.

17:53 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Third wave 

Third wave may hit Maharashtra as early as 2-4 weeks, say reports

The third wave of COVID-19 pandemic could hit Maharashtra as early as the next two to four weeks if the crowding seen in the last three days continues, a state-appointed task force has warned. As per News18, the task force, however, said children would not be affected as much as those in lower-middle-class clusters that haven’t been exposed to the virus so far.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was informed that a highly virulent strain called 'Delta plus' could start the next wave in Maharashtra, reports Business Today.

“The number of active patients could reach up to eight lakh, while 10% out of them could be children," said the department in a presentation attended by Thackeray, reports Mint“The Delta plus variant could stoke the third wave in Maharashtra. It could spread at double the rate," an official told the publication.

17:41 (IST)

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AIIMS-Delhi to resume routine inpatient admissions

The AIIMS in New Delhi has decided to resume routine inpatient admissions and elective surgeries at its general and private wards and in all its centres with immediate effect, according to an order by the hospital administration. The order, issued on Wednesday, stated that the decision has been taken in view of a decrease in the need for hospitalisation of COVID-19 patients and also considering the relaxation of the lockdown by the Delhi government.

Delhi was hit badly by a brutal second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming a massive number of lives daily, with the recent oxygen supply shortage issue at various hospitals, adding to the woes.

17:27 (IST)

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21.15 lakh domestic air passengers in May, 63% lower than April: DGCA

As per aviation regulator DGCA, about 21.15 lakh domestic passengers travelled by air in May, which is 63 percent lower than the 57.25 lakh who travelled in April.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 78.22 lakh people travelled within the country by air in March. The drop in domestic air traffic in May was due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that had badly hit the country and its aviation sector.

17:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Delhi update

Delhi reports 10 new deaths in last 24 hours

The national capital has recorded 10 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 158 fresh cases of the disease while the positivity rate has dipped to 0.20 per cent, according to data shared by the health department on Thursday. These 10 fatalities have pushed the death toll in the city to 24,886. The national capital had on April 3 recorded 10 deaths due to COVID-19.

14:24 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Vaccination Policy

Sonia Gandhi got both jabs, govt should stop creating non-issues: Congress

The Congress party on Thursday said its President Sonia Gandhi has taken both doses of the Covishield vaccine, amid a row over the recommended gap for the shots, PTI reports. The party asks the BJP to focus on vaccination people, instead of creating “non-issues”.

14:16 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Vaccination Policy

Singe Covishield shot has 61% efficacy against Delta strain: Vaccine panel chief

Covishield vaccine's single shot has an efficacy of 61 percent against the Delta variant of coronavirus, while two doses provide 65 percent protection, NK Arora, the head of India’s Covid-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, told NDTV.

In an interview with the TV channel, Arora citing a study conducted by the Christian Medical College in Vellore, said that the study was conducted “in the middle” of the second wave of the pandemic, which was majorly caused due to the B.1.617, or Delta variant, first detected in India.

13:59 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Goa

Goa to open for tourism after first vaccine dose given across state, says CM

Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Thursday told CNN-News18 that tourism in Goa will only reopen after the first dose of the vaccine is administered across the state. The government has set the end of July as a deadline. "Because of the ongoing monsoons, it's off-season right now in the coastal state. Full-fledged tourism Activities will only begin after the first dose is administered to all,".

13:47 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Vaccination Policy

PM should acknowledge his mistakes, seek expert help to rebuild India: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said rebuilding India will begin once Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledges his mistakes and seeks help from experts as living in denial will not solve anything.

He said this while citing a report quoting World Bank's data on poverty where India has a share of 57.3 percent in rise in global poverty during the Covid pandemic.

13:42 (IST)

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Reports say 'excess deaths' several times more than reported COVID fatalities

Various newspaper reports from states like Assam, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu indicated that the number of actual death count from covid-19 may be much higher than the officially reported numbers. Excess deaths are defined as the difference between the observed numbers of deaths in specific time periods (say a pandemic) and the average numbers of deaths in the same time periods as observed in past. The sudden swell in number of fatalities, if any,  can provide information about the actual burden of mortality which may have escaped official counts. 

A report in The Hindu newspaper said the number of “excess deaths” registered by the Civil Registration System (CRS) in Tamil Nadu ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit (from April 2020 to May 2021) is 6.2 times the official reported figure of 24,232 deaths.

A similar comparison from Assam, reported in Scrollrevealed that Assam reported 77,845 deaths, or 55% more than the usual number, in four months of 2020 that coincided with the first wave of Covid-19 in the state, government data shows. The excess mortality was 30 times the official Covid-19 death toll in these months.

Likewise, in Karnataka over 3.37 lakh deaths from all causes were reported between 1 January and 15 June this year, according to its civil registration system (CRS). This is five times the deaths recorded between January and June in pre-pandemic years. While in 2019 there were 2.35 lakh deaths in this six month period, the state saw 2.24 lakh deaths between January and June in 2018.

While not all of these ‘excess’ deaths may be due to COVID-19, a majority are likely to be, believe experts. 

13:01 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Unlock guidelines

Odisha relaxes lockdown norms in 17 districts with positivity rate under 5%

The Odisha government extended the partial lockdown for two more weeks till July 1 and divided the state into two categories on the basis of COVID-19 positivity rate, a senior official said. The restrictions will be in force till 5 am of July 1, Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said. The weekend shutdowns on Saturdays and Sundays will also continue across Odisha till the end of the month.  ,

 
  • Category A
Under Category A, there are 17 districts located in the southern and western parts of the state where the positivity rate is 5 percent or less
In the Category-A districts that include Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Balangir, Ganjam, Kandhamal and Koraput, shops for essential goods will remain open from 6 am to 5 pm. 
  • Category B

There are 13 districts in Odisha's coastal region that feature in Category B. Some of the Category-B districts are Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Kedrapada, Dhenkanal, Balasore and Mayurbhanj. The timing for shops in districts listed in Category B will be 6 am to 1 pm. 

 

11:32 (IST)

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US CDC classifies Delta variant as 'variant of concern'

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the Delta, a highly transmissible COVID-19 variant first identified in India, as a "variant of concern."
 
"The B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), P.1 (Gamma), B.1.427 (Epsilon), B.1.429 (Epsilon), and B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants circulating in the United States are classified as variants of concern. To date, no variants of high consequence have been identified in the United States," the CDC said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
The CDC said the Delta variant shows increased transmissibility, potential reduction in neutralisation by some monoclonal antibody treatments under emergency authorisation and potential reduction in neutralization from sera after vaccination in lab tests.
 
The variant of concern designation is given to strains of the virus that scientists believe are more transmissible or can cause more severe disease. Vaccines, treatments and tests that detect the virus may also be less effective against a variant of concern.

11:02 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update

Japan to issue vaccine passport for travel abroad

Japan said on Thursday it will make a vaccine passport available from next month for Japanese travellers, as governments around the world experiment with ways to relaunch tourism and business trips. The certificate will be paper-based rather than digital and will be issued by local governments from sometime next month.

The country's borders are closed to almost all foreign arrivals, though the rules will be relaxed for the Olympic Games, which open in Tokyo on July 23.

  

10:54 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update: Vaccination Policy

Made-In-India Biological E vaccine may be 90% Effective, say reports

Biological E's made-in-India vaccine is expected to have 90 per cent effectiveness against Covid and will likely be a gamechanger in the fight against the pandemic, NK Arora, chairperson of the Centre's Covid Working Group, told NDTV on Thirsday. He also said that the vaccine is entering Phase 3 trials and could be available by October.

10:33 (IST)

Coronavirus Latest news update:

India's active cases at 71-day low

The active cases declined to 8,26,740 comprising 2.78 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.93 per cent. A net decline of 38,692 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. This was the lowest number India has seen in at least past 71 days. 

10:30 (IST)

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India reports 67,208 new cases, 2330 deaths in 24 hrs

A single day rise of 67,208 new coronavirus infections were recorded taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,97,00,313, while the active cases declined to 8,26,740, the lowest after 71 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,81,903 with 2,330 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed

Coronavirus Latest News Updates: The woman, who has taken two shots of anti-coronavirus vaccine, recovered in home isolation, sources added. When contacted, Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang confirmed that a woman tested positive for a "different variant", but did not elaborate.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 166 followed by Khammam 129 and Nalgonda 115 districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM on Thursday.

These new fatalities have pushed the toll in the city to 24,886. The National Capital on 3 April had also recorded 10 deaths due to COVID-19.

This comes after multiple reports said that Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer will hold its pre-submission meeting with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday regarding the approval of Covaxin, its India-made COVID-19 vaccine.

Kerala recorded 12,469 new cases on Thursday, as the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) came down to 10.85 percent, the lowest in recent months. The toll climbed to 11,743 with 88 more deaths.

A third possible wave in India by the prevailing COVID-19 virus variant is unlikely to disproportionately affect children than adults, a seroprevalence study conducted by the World Health Organisation and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has revealed.

The third wave of COVID-19 pandemic could hit Maharashtra as early as the next two to four weeks if the crowding seen in the last three days continues, a state-appointed task force has warned. As per News18, the task force, however, said children would not be affected as much as those in lower-middle-class clusters that haven’t been exposed to the virus so far.

The national capital has recorded 10 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 158 fresh cases of the disease while the positivity rate has dipped to 0.20 percent, according to data shared by the health department on Thursday

As per reports, Pune-based vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India plans to start clinical trials of the Novavax vaccine for children in July.

More than 2.18 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are available with states and union territories, and over 56,70,350 more are in the pipeline and will be received by them in the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

In a report by NCDC's (National Centre for Disease Control), a new variant has been detected in a positive case in Bhopal. We are investigating & conducting contact tracing to minimise the infection spread, says Madhya Pradesh Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang.

Various newspaper reports from states like Assam, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu indicated that the number of actual death count from covid-19 may be much higher than the officially reported numbers

Restrictions were eased in Kerala from today with essential supply shops opening from 7 am to 7 pm, meanwhile, Odisha also relaxed some conditions in 17 districts with positivity rate under 5 percent.

Biological E's made-in-India vaccine, which has already entered phase III trial, is expected to have 90 percent effectiveness against Covid.

A single day rise of 67,208 new coronavirus infections were recorded taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,97,00,313, while the active cases declined to 8,26,740, the lowest after 71 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,81,903 with 2,330 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed

The active cases declined to 8,26,740 comprising 2.78 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.93 per cent.

A net decline of 38,692 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

As many as 19,31,249 tests were conducted on Wednesday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 38,52,38,220.

The daily positivity rate was recorded 3.48 per cent . It has been less than 5 per cent for 10 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 3.99 per cent.

Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 35th consecutive day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,84,91,670, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.29 per cent, the data stated.

Cumulatively, 26,55,19,251 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on 4 May

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